Have Your Say

Have-your-say At Diverse Cymru our aims, ideals and services are all based around empowering and uplifting the voices of people facing inequality across Wales. Have your say and help us keep our work true to this principle and true to the needs of our service users.

Your Experiences: Personal stories about the services you use and the support you require.

Your Views: Respond to consultations, legislation and the issues which affect you.

Our Responses: Read our responses to consultations. ­­­ As a national equality charity in Wales we particularly want to hear from:

  • Disabled people (physical, learning, mental health, sensory or hidden impairments)
  • Black and Minority Ethnic people (including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people)
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
  • Older people
  • Young people
  • People of different religions or faiths
  • Transgender people
  • Women
Engaging diverse citizens in Cardiff event
         
When: Monday 27 November 2017, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
         
Where:  Cardiff Story Museum, Learning Suite (basement),  The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1BH
 
This engagement day will cover several different topics and consultations:
10.00 am – 11:30 pm  Cardiff’s Well-being Plan                        
11.30 am – 1.00 pm    Integrating health and social care in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
2.00 pm – 3.30pm       Equality in social care in Wales
3.30 pm – 5.00 pm      Setting spending priorities and looking the future
 
You’re welcome to come to just one part, several or the whole day.
When you register please let us know which parts of the day you’re coming for so we can make sure there’s enough tea and coffee. Please also let us know if you’re staying for lunch and if you have any dietary requirements.
 
10.00 am – 11.30 am           Cardiff’s Well-being Plan
 At this session you’ll have a chance to have your say on Cardiff’s draft Well-being Plan. We’ll be gathering your experiences and your priorities.
 There will also be specific sessions for older people and young  BME people to have their say on the plan directly with Cardiff Council.
This session focuses on the views of: 
·        Disabled people (physical, sensory, learning and cognitive impairments)
·        People with mental ill health
·        BME people
·        LGBT people
·        People of different faiths
·        Carers
 
11.30 am – 1.00 pm             Integrating health and social care in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board have put together their area plan looking at what action they’ll take together to meet people’s care and support needs in the area. This is focused on
·        Older people, including people with dementia
·        Children with complex needs
·        Learning disability and autism
·        Adult and young carers and
·        Integrated family support service
 In this session Diverse Cymru will be asking people from diverse communities their views on priorities, actions you’d like to see, and the draft plan.  We welcome everyone from diverse communities. You do not need to use the services above or fall into one of those groups to get involved.
You don’t need to have read the plan before the event, we want to find out your experiences and what you think should be in the plan.
If you want to read the plan or respond to the consultation yourself it is available www.cvihsc.co.uk/about/what-we-do/cardiff-vale-glamorgan-area-plan/.
 
This engagement event will feed into Diverse Cymru’s response to the consultation.
 
 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm     Equality in social care in Wales
 In this session we’ll discuss what’s important to diverse communities in relation to social care in Wales.
We will be discussing your experiences (good and bad), what difference being from a diverse community makes to experiences of social care, and what you think social care should be doing in Wales.
 We’ll talk about standards, what good quality looks like, training and support for social care workers, information, and your priorities.
 This event is open to people from all diverse communities, including:
·        Black and Minority Ethnic people
·        Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
·        Disabled people (including physical, learning, sensory and cognitive impairments, mental ill health and long-term health conditions)
·        People over 50
·         Children and young people under 26
·        Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people
·        People of any religion or faith
·        Women
·        People who are pregnant or on maternity leave
·        Carers
 
 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm                        Setting spending priorities and looking to the future
 Councils and Local Health Boards, as well as other public sector organisations are having to reduce their spending every year.
 This session will look at local services and budgets, especially for Cardiff Council. We’ll explore what matters to you, what (if anything) can be cut back, and your ideas of how services can be delivered differently.
 This session is about your ideas and priorities to feed into budget consultations, especially about the different needs, experiences and priorities of people from different diverse communities. We welcome:
·        Black and Minority Ethnic people
·        Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
·        Disabled people (including physical, learning, sensory and cognitive impairments, mental ill health and long-term health conditions)
·        People over 50
·         Children and young people under 26
·        Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people
·        People of any religion or faith
·        Women
·        People who are pregnant or on maternity leave
·        Carers
 All events are free and include at least tea and coffee.
We can reimburse travel, access, childcare, replacement care and other reasonable costs related to you attending the event. Please let us know if you need costs reimbursed when you register.
 If you would like to attend any of the events please book your place by completing the Registration form – Ffurflen Cofrestru and returning it to shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru
or by post to: Shelagh Maher, Diverse Cymru, Alexandra House, 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Cf5 1JD                                               
or phone 029 2036 8888 ext 255 (or option 5 – engagement, research and policy)
 
Your well-being, Your Government

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Diverse Cymru and C3SC are launching an exciting new project, “Your Wellbeing, Your Government” and would like to invite you to attend one of our launch events in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We also have a number of other engagement events coming up that you may be interested in attending. Please see below for dates and times. The attached document gives more information about each event. If you would like to attend any of the events please complete and return the enclosed booking form or you can email me at shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru or telephone me on (029) 2036 8888 ext 255. The events are free to attend but places must be booked.Registration form – Ffurflen Cofrestru 

The events are:

  • Vale Your Government, Your Wellbeing Project Launch

 Monday 20 November 2017, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Corporate Suite, Civic Offices, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU.

Free event. Tea and coffee included.

  • Cardiff Your Government, Your Wellbeing Project Launch

Friday 24 November 2017, 1.00 pm to 3. 00 pm

Taff Housing Conference Centre

(in the car park behind Diverse Cymru)

Alexandra House, 307-315 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF5 1JD. Free event. Tea and coffee included.

At the above events you will also have the opportunity to take part in informal focus group with Age Cymru who would like to find out about your views on social care advocacy.

  • Cardiff’s future – what do you think? An event for Black and Minority Ethnic young people aged under 26

Monday 11 December 2017, 6.30 pm, City Hall, Cardiff

All the events are free to attend and we can reimburse travel, access, childcare, replacement care and other reasonable costs related to you attending the event. We particularly welcome people from diverse backgrounds.

Featured Consultation

Diverse Cymru regularly respond to consultations from the UK and Welsh Governments, local councils, and Local Health Boards.

Recently there has been a focus on housing. This includes:

  • Affordable (social) housing
  • Housing options to meet the needs of an ageing population
  • Housing for disabled people
  • How welfare reform has affected different people

Diverse Cymru is committed to gathering the views of diverse communities in Wales. We would like to hear your views to help inform our responses and views. We would be grateful if you could fill in the attached questionnaire as soon as possible. You do not have to answer every question. If you do not feel a question applies to you just skip it. More information will help us to understand more details of your experiences.

All responses are anonymous. We will not use any details which could potentially identify you or anyone else. Equality questions are only used to identify where there are different views and experiences for different communities.

You can complete an online form of the questionnaire here

Or if you prefer, you can complete a Word document of the questionnaire in the link below and email it back to Diverse Cymru (contact details included).
Diverse Cymru Accessible Housing 2017

The Healthwise Wales programme is also being run by the Welsh Government and looking for contributions. Please do visit their website for further details
https://www.healthwisewales.gov.wales/homepage/


Diverse Cymru in Partnership with C3SC and Race Equality First have formed an exciting new Network. The Network is open to any Community Group, Charity, Social Enterprise, LGBTQ+ group, Faith group or other third sector organisation, predominantly working on areas of equality and human rights in Cardiff. Members will have the opportunity to feed in information from disadvantaged communities and people facing discrimination in all areas of Cardiff.The Network aims to change equality and human rights legislation, policy and practice to make a difference to people’s lives. We meet up quarterly and we are encouraging new members.

To Join us email Thorin at Thorin.m@c3sc.org.uk or call 029 20 48 5722


 

Your Experiences

Diverse Cymru are looking for people’s experiences and stories to help support our work to improve services, policy and practice throughout Wales. If you have a story to tell, whether you’ve had a good or a bad experience or if you think something could have been done better, let us know about it. As we collect these stories, which can be anonymised if you would like, we can use them to let services like those below know how they can improve and be more responsive to the needs of people, particularly across the protected characteristics.

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Social Care
  • Wellbeing
  • Welfare and Benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Hate Crime and Community Safety
  • Education
  • Employment

You can send us your experiences:

Through our online form:





Name (required)

Email (required)

Subject

Your experience

By email: Shelagh.Maher@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
CF5 1JD

Your Views

Current Consultations

From the National Assembly for Wales:


Diverse Cymru engages with both Local and National Government and the public sector on the issues that are most important in promoting equality across Wales, particularly where these issues effect people who would fall under one or more of the protected characteristics, by developing policy positions and offering practical recommendations.

Part of this process involves responding strategically to Welsh Government consultations that will have the biggest impact on people affected by inequality across the nation. Unfortunately, and although we share the details of these current consultations with our supporters, there are often too many being undertaken simultaneously for us to be able to provide a comprehensive response in every case. If you have an interest in giving your views on consultations around:

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health services
  • Social care
  • Welfare and benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social exclusion
  • Equality
  • Well-being
  • Hate crime and community safety
  • Education
  • Employment

Please let us know by email: ele.hicks@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff
CF5 1JD

If you would like to get more involved you can help us respond to consultations, gather other people’s views and research reports and available evidence by applying to be a volunteer with the Policy and Public Affairs Team.

Our Responses

Diverse Cymru briefing papers on issues and solutions with recommendations based on engagement with diverse communities. Read our responses to consultations, inquiries and other calls for evidence.


Diverse Cymru gathered the views of diverse communities in Cardiff about Communities First and ways forward to tackle poverty.

Views from this focus group have been used to develop a briefing paper and recommendations.


Wales

Welsh Government Mental Health and Substance Misuse Framework

Welsh Government Equality Objectives

Welsh Government Social Services and Wellbeing Act Code of Practice (Part 10 – Advocacy)

Future Arrangements for the Welsh Government Equality and Inclusion Programme

Commissioning Mental Health Services in Gwent

 

UK

The Equality Act 2010 and its Impact on Disabled people – UK

Inquiry into the Timeliness and Accuracy of Benefit Delivery – UK

You can read the rest of our consultation responses on our Media Page.


You can also share your views about health, social care and well-being services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan with our Co-Creating Healthy Change project.